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into some of the solutions. and dr. krantz, particularly with the older americans, and please note to let us know when one becomes older so that people can self-identify because we are quite the young generation of older americans that we're facing. i know i'll never start-stop using jeans or thinking that i'm older for heaven sakes. but indeed, i am. and so i want you to address that issue. what do the seniors need to be particularly cognizant of-and if they run into trouble, what type of programs are available? well, at hanley center, we have a prevention program, called aging to perfection. and actually our older adult unit, to answer your question, when you become old is 55 and above. so i qualify for the older adult program now. but what our aging to perfection program actually addresses is helping the older adult- first of all, you know, simple things- write down the prescriptions that they're taking when they go to the doctor because, again, they're getting multiple prescriptions from different physicians, and there are drug-drug interactions that potentially can be lethal to them. so
; dr. barbara krantz, chief executive officer and medical director, hanley center, west palm beach, florida; beverly gmerek, prescription drug abuse prevention program coordinator, peer assistance services inc., denver, colorado. dr. clark, how prevalent is prescription drug misuse in the united states? well, we estimate that there are approximately 15 million people who misuse prescription drugs in the united states, and that gives us an estimated 2.5 million new initiates per year, or, if you think about it, that's about 7,000 new initiates a day. and within that, do one age group uses it more than others? what is the distribution among the age groups? well, i think the most important thing to keep in mind is that prescription drug abuse affects the entire age range. we might see some peak use in the 18 to 25-year-olds, but it is a problem that confronts every age range, and what we shouldn't do is to simply dismiss it as a young adult or teenage phenomenon; in fact, it's a problem that affects every age range. dr. krantz, where do most of the nonmedical users of prescription dru
, a recovering prescription drug addict and former patient at hanley. ron, dr. krantz, it's great to have you with us this morning. >> good morning, rebecca. >> good morning, rebecca. >> good morning, ron. and we'll come to you in a minute i want to start off with dr. krantz. you say it's a pandemic. how did we get to these pandemic proportions? >> it definitely is a pandemic in the united states today and we got there essentially in the late 1990s, there was a paradigm shift for treating chronic pain. so, it made the perfect storm. people now were going to their physicians and they have arthritis, the weekend warriors, baby boomers, and they're saying i have this pain and doctors are over-prescribing. >> and they need a quick fix for it? >> absolutely. >> who is more at risk for falling prey? >> the most at risk are not the street junkies, the typical stereotype that you would think of, but the people that are working, that are educated, that have had professions that are now looking for that better living through better chemistry. >> ron, you sort of fall into that category of individuals.
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